Van Persie returns but Herrera & Rojo will miss Manchester United clash with Sunderland

The Dutch striker is poised to return from his extended World Cup break, but Marouane Fellaini and Jesse Lingard are also sidelined for Louis van Gaal’s side

Robin van Persie is set to return for Manchester United’s clash with Sunderland on Sunday but Louis van Gaal will be without Ander Herrera and Marcos Rojo.

The striker missed United’s 2-1 defeat to Swansea City last Saturday as he was short of match fitness having been granted an extended break following the World Cup.

Herrera, who made his United debut at Old Trafford last weekend, has been ruled out by Van Gaal, while Rojo, who joined the club from Sporting in a €20 million deal on Wednesday, has not yet been granted a work permit and will miss the trip to the Stadium of Light.

Jesse Lingard was handed a start by Van Gaal on the right flank against Swansea but was forced off after 23 minutes with a knee injury. Marouane Fellaini suffered an ankle injury during training earlier this week and joins Michael Carrick on the sidelines.

“Robin is ready to play, so that’s a big benefit to the team. I’m very pleased that he is able to play,” Van Gaal told MUTV.

“In theory [Rooney and Van Persie] could be a very good couple, they can score a lot of goals and I hope they can show that.”

“Carrick from the beginning, but now also Herrera and Fellaini and Lingard. These four midfielders are injured, so we are thin in midfield now.

“Last week we have nine injuries, now we have seven. It is much too much. I think I never have had this as a manager, it’s the first time but we have to live with this.”

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Di Maria has requested a transfer, confirms Ancelotti

The Madrid coach has confirmed that the winger has told the club he wants to leave amid ongoing reports linking him with Manchester United

Carlo Ancelotti has revealed that Angel Di Maria wants to leave Real Madrid and that they are looking for a solution before the end of the summer transfer window.The Argentina international has lost his starting berth at Madrid following the arrival of James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos this summer and is keen to move on in order to get regular first-team action elsewhere.

Di Maria has been heavily linked with Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United in the past few months, but the Ligue 1 champions recently stated that they are no longer interested in signing the winger due to financial reasons, leaving United seemingly as the main contender to lure him away from the Santiago Bernabeu.

“The player has requested a transfer this summer. He rejected the club’s offer to stay at Madrid, so we are looking for a solution,” Ancelotti said at a press conference.

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Official: Rojo completes Manchester United move

The Argentina international has joined the Old Trafford outfit for a reported €20 million deal that saw Nani move in the other direction

Marcos Rojo has penned a five-year deal at Manchester United after completing his move to Old Trafford from Sporting Lisbon.

Louis van Gaal’s side are understood to have paid €20 million for the Argentina international, with Nani joining the Portuguese giants as part of the deal.

Marcos Rojo will wear the no.5 shirt for Manchester United. #RojoIsRed

— Manchester United (@ManUtd) August 20, 2014

United’s third signing of the summer, – following the acquisitions of Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw – Rojo can play across a back three and is also adept at playing as a left full-back, as he did in Argentina’s run to the World Cup final.

“It is such an honour to say that I now play for Manchester United,” he told the club’s official website. “The Premier League is the most exciting league in the world and to have the chance to play in it for the world’s biggest club is a dream for me.

“I am young and am very keen to continue to learn the game, so playing for such an experienced technical coach as Louis van Gaal is a fantastic opportunity for me. I have joined United to work hard with my team-mates to win trophies and I know that the manager shares that ambition.”

Van Gaal had previously missed out on the signing of Thomas Vermaelen – the former Arsenal star instead joined Barcelona for £15m – but has expressed his delight at landing the 24-year-old.

“Marcos is a very gifted defender. He has played at the highest level in world football and can play either as a central defender or left-back,” he added.

“He has ability, physical strength and a willingness to learn that means he has a very bright future ahead of him. He had a very strong World Cup and has been playing in Europe for a couple of years now.

“He is a very good addition to the team.”

Vidal not for sale, insists Juventus director Marotta

The Chile international has been heavily linked with both Manchester United and Bayern Munich but the Bianconeri are adamant that the 27-year-old is going nowhere

Juventus director general Giuseppe Marotta says that the club have not received any offers for Arturo Vidal – and have no intention of selling the midfielder anyway.

The Chile international penned a new contract with the Bianconeri last December, commiting himself to the Old Lady until 2017, but he has been linked with both Manchester United and Bayern Munich this summer.

However, Marotta insists that there is no truth in the speculation and insists that Vidal is perfectly happy in Turin.

“We have reiterated many times that Vidal is not on the market,” he told Sky Sport Italia. “There have not been any offers.

“I understand that, in terms of the media, there are certain cliched narratives, which is why we’re speaking about Bayern and Manchester United.

“But the facts are different. The renewal made during the middle of last season has consolidated the marriage between the club and the player, and there is every prerequisite for Vidal staying.”

Marotta also ruled out of the possibility of Paul Pogba leaving Juve, revealing that the France international, defender Giorgio Chiellini and goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon are all set to sign new deals.

“We are finalising the last details [of the contracts for Pogba and Chiellini],” he explained. “There are ongoing talks with Pogba’s entourage and we are optimistic.

“Buffon is a symbol of this club. There’s gratitude for what he has done and what he’s still doing.

“His contract is already ready and when it arrives, he will sign it. Buffon will stay as long as he wants at Juventus.”